On September 24th and October 13th Community Budget Forums were hosted by Mayor John Hollar and City Manager Bill Fraser. These forums asked residents to evaluate challenges, consider goals, and share their ideas for the values and priorities for the future City budgets.
Montpelier will continue to face major budget challenges in the coming years. With the Council approved “steady state capital plan,” the City needs to spend an additional $500,000 per year to reach a sustainable rate of infrastructure funding. This is $1M more than the City spent three years ago. The municipal tax rate, while remaining stable for several years, remains relatively high compared to other communities in Vermont and elsewhere. This creates a challenge for our residents, businesses, and for future development.
Community Forum #1 was held from 6:30 to 8:30 on September 24th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. This forum focused on collecting ideas on core community values to be considered during the budget process.
Community Forum #2 was held from 6:30 to 8:30 on October 13th at the Montpelier High School. This forum focused on reviewing all ideas contributed and set key priorities for the City Council as they build future budgets abased on the collective values of City residents.
Montpelier resident Paul Costello facilitated the Forums.